Legendary Canadian RB Andrew Harris to retire as a Blue Bomber

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Canadian running back Andrew Harris will conclude his Hall of Fame CFL career by signing a one-day contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The legendary tailback told Ed Tait of BlueBombers.com that he will sign the ceremonial document at the VIP premiere of his feature-length documentary, ‘Running Back Relentless.’ Blue Bombers’ president and CEO Wade Miller will be on hand to provide the paperwork and ensure Harris retires as a member of his hometown team.

The 36-year-old stalwart wrapped up his career on the field as a member of the Toronto Argonauts in 2023, spending his final two seasons in a complimentary role with the team. However, he is best remembered for his five-year tenure in Winnipeg, where he helped lead the team to back-to-back Grey Cup victories and break the longest championship drought in the CFL.

Harris grew up in Winnipeg and Steinbach before moving west to Vancouver Island where he rewrote the Canadian Junior Football League record books as a member of the Raiders.  A three-time Canadian Bowl winner, he played his first full CFL season with the B.C. Lions in 2010 and rose to stardom in 2012 when he recorded his first of five 1,000-yard rushing campaigns

Over a 12-year professional career with the Lions, Bombers, and Argos, the five-foot-ten, 216-pound ball carrier rushed for 10,380 yards and 51 touchdowns while recording 607 receptions for 5,489 yards and 32 touchdowns. He retires fifth in all-time CFL rushing yards and fourth in all-time yards from scrimmage.

Harris was a six-time all-star over the course of his career, winning Most Outstanding Canadian in 2017. He captured four total Grey Cups, including three straight as a member of the Bombers and Argos, twice earning Most Valuable Canadian honours and becoming the first Canadian to win Most Valuable Player in 2019.

The future Canadian Football Hall of Famer’s retirement party and documentary screening will take place at The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in Winnipeg on Saturday, April 27.  The film is being produced by Upper Canada Films and will be available on Apple TV+ in June after its first public showing. Tickets are still available for the premiere.